20 years in prison… for miscarrying?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until my face turns red; putting restrictions on and criminalizing abortion does not stop it.

In the case of Purvi Partel, we don’t know if she had a miscarriage, as she says. We don’t know if she intentionally ended her pregnancy. All we know is she is going to serve 20 years in prison for feticide and child neglect.

Purvi Patel

There’s a whole lot of fuckery going on here. The use of the 17th century “lung float” test, which is widely discredited and sounds like it’s left over from the Salem Witch Trials. The contradiction of charging her for killing the fetus…and for abandoning a living child. The charge of using illegal abortion pills that weren’t detected in her or the fetus’ blood. The fact that police started questioning her and gathering evidence against her while she still lay in a hospital bed- no rights read to her, no attorney present.

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Even if Patel self-aborted, is this something we want to jail women for? Jail them for decades? Patel needs support, not punishment. This is what happens when we set up barriers for women to get safe abortions and stigmatize it.

If her pregnancy was intended, no one would question her whatsoever.

Imprisoned for a miscarriage sounds like some sort of fucked up dream some anti-choice loony came up with. Sadly, it looks like it’s now a reality.

5 Feminist Movies to Watch This Summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is I can finally catch up on all the movies I’ve been meaning to see. I’ve compiled a list here of awesome feminist flicks for you all to binge on. I know I’ll be watching most of these on my porch while enjoying the nice weather 🙂

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

You had me at

You had me at ” hijab wearing, skateboarding vampire who preys on men that disrespect women.”

I just saw this, and man oh man, is it a good one. Even if you’re a scaredy cat like me, this is a horror movie you’ll be able to tolerate.  Ana Lily Amipour takes a lot of movie elements, modern and from the past, and blends them together into something I’ve never seen before. Plus, it’s got a killer soundtrack.

Obvious Child

Jenny Slate, you wonderful human being, you.

Jenny Slate, you wonderful human being, you.

I’ve said it before on this blog and I’ll say it again, watch this movie! This is a romantic comedy that has tackles the topic of unplanned pregnancy and abortion in a way that’s honest, open, and realistic. Plus Jenny Slate is freaking hilarious. This is a  wonderful, feel good movie.

Big Eyes

Amy Adams as the lovely and talented Margaret Keane.

Amy Adams as the lovely and talented Margaret Keane.

I can’t wait to see this recent  Tim Burton flick that explores the life of a woman he calls “the most quiet, under-the radar feminist you’ve ever met.” Big Eyes tells the true story of artist Margaret Keane, who suffered through years of abuse from her husband who made her let him take credit for her paintings.

Belle

The costumes look incredible, too!

The costumes look incredible, too!

Here’s another inspired by a true story flick. This movie is about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. For her protection she is sent to live with her aristocratic Aunt and Uncle, where her privilege is stunted by the color of her skin. It looks like it not only has the beauty of period pieces but strong social commentary and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Thelma and Louise

Roadtrip!

Roadtrip!

I know so far I’ve put all recent movies, but I had to throw in a classic. A class I somehow have not seen yet.  Reading Tracy Moore on Jezebel say about it “there are radio sing-alongs, drinks, a line-dancing sequence, excellent sunglasses, windblown road hair, hilarious witticisms, sweet ’90s denim, a hardcore paean to female friendship — while still offering a fucked-up, scathing, serious movie about rape and trauma and loss and the crime of living in the world female.” sold me.

This is just a list of movies on my mind right now, but there are so many interesting, moving, wonderful feminist films.

P.S Don’t forget about documentaries, too! Anita Little of Ms.Magazine put together a great little list of feminist documentaries currently on Netflix. I can only speak for It’s a Girl and Miss Representation, but they’re really good and will make you angry/motivated/inspired. I’m looking forward to seeing the others.

Bud Light is Nasty Anyways.

Bud Light, also known as watered down piss, decided to call their product “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.” Who thought that was a good idea?!

A spokesperson admitted they "missed the mark" with the slogan. You think?!

A spokesperson admitted they “missed the mark” with the slogan. You think?!

Democratic congresswoman Nita Lowey,  from New York summed it up. “This grossly shortsighted marketing tactic shows an epic lack of understanding of the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption, such as sexual assault and drunk driving. We need responsible companies to help us tackle these serious public health and safety problems, not encourage them.” she said. You said it, Nita!

Do I think they were trying to promote rape culture? No. But they definitely were promoting reckless drinking, which is not what you want to associated with and did so in a way insensitive, especially during the high profile campus rape cases going on right now. What happened to just saying  “Please drink responsibly?” Oy vey.

Comments online I think highlighted a very real issue. The minute people online are offended by something, especially something having to do with feminism and sexism, people are mad at them about it. Why? If you’re not offended, just move on. Go away. But don’t minimize a persons experiences that have led them to feel a certain way. Half of sexual assaults have alcohol involved.

Like some guy named Yanique Bansi that commented, “I think if a dude is going to rape you, he doesn’t need a beer to convince him.” WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! Comments really are great at just highlighting the worst of humanity. Like this fuckboy’s comment below.

I'm sure Isaac's mother would be very proud.

I’m sure Isaac’s mother would be very proud.

Supreme Court on Marriage Equality- Holding My Breath Until June.

We are so, so close to country-wide marriage equality.

As I write this, protestors for and against this basic human right are crowded around the Supreme Court. Inside, the justices are beginning to hear oral arguments about whether or not same-sex marriage is protected by the constitution (Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, anyone?)

Obviously tearing our country apart.

Obviously tearing our country apart.

So we won’t have any final answers until June (so close, yet so far!) and I can’t wait. Both sides will be arguing whether or not we as a nation are obligated to recognize same-sex marriage, and whether or not marriages performed in other states “carry over.”

Please, tell me more about the sanctity of marriage.

Please, tell me more about the sanctity of marriage.

I obviously am very much for equality, and am anxiously awaiting the verdict. Everyone deserves to love and be loved.

Cecily Strong Keeps it Real- AND Hilarious

How do you follow up an act like President Obama? If you’re Cecily Strong, you do it by serving on-point feminist realness.

Amen!

Amen!

This weekend, the SNL cast member  was the featured comedian at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.  She took the opportunity of having such a platform and made some jokes that were just so real.

“This next part is a ‘repeat after me.’ I want all the media to put your hands up and swear something to me: I solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary’s appearance because that is not journalism.”

“Also, Cecily Strong looks great tonight.”

I’m sure I’ll be covering some ridiculous sexist comments people will be making about Hillary. A  candidate’s clothing has nothing to do with their ability to run a country.

She also made a lot of jokes that made everyone go, “Oooooh,” myself included. Her joke to Obama, “Your hair is so white now it can talk back to the police.” was a good one. She also mentioned Buzzfeed was at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and that she could write up a listicle of “17 reasons why they shouldn’t be.” Some jokes definitely fell flat with the unenthused crowd, but it’s worth a watch!

 

You Already Have a Bikini Body.

Getting a “Bikini body” is on pretty much everyone’s after holiday to-do list. There’s a whole market for it. Binge during Thanksgiving,Hanukkah, Christmas? Well you’ve better get in shape before winter is over! And as soon as the snow starts melting? Forget about it, it’s literally and figuratively “crunch time.” It’s degrading and adds a shitty layer of guilt to an otherwise fun time of year.

What happens when you type in "how to get a" on google.

What happens when you type in “how to get a” on google.

I say, fuck that. The moment you have a bikini body is when you take a bikini… and put it on your body. There is a crazy amount of pressure for women to be toned, somehow already tan, and hairless in time for summer. An article of clothing controls us.

Ta-DA!

Ta-DA!

If you want to eat well and work out, that is awesome! But do it because you are caring and loving for your body, not because you feel like you have to in order to wear a swimsuit. And if you want to wear a one piece, or another suit with more coverage? Go for it, as long as it’s for you. What it really comes down to is being your happy, beautiful, authentic self.

Wishing Bruce Jenner the Best.

“For all intents and purposes I’m a woman,” Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer last night in a televised interview. “I look at it this way – Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.” she said.

 

I’ve never seen Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s, but I have seen the insensitive tabloid covers about Bruce that have been going on for years, getting increasingly nasty in the last few months.

Those magazines are trash.

“Bizarre.” “Shocking.” These magazines are trash.

I understand she’s a celebrity. But this all stems from society just having to know, “Is Bruce a man or a woman?” as if these two black and white options are all that’s available. Transition is a deeply personal thing, and everyone’s journey is unique. Bruce spoke very openly and sincere. I just hope she did so because she wanted to, not because she felt media pressure to. Bruce had Ms.Sawyer use the pronoun “he” for the interview but is identifying as completely female.

Bruce didn’t talk about what she will change her name to. She didn’t talk about surgeries she will undergo. She didn’t allow herself to be shown dressed as a woman. Bruce explained her feminity did not have to be shown in sexuality or clothing, because it is in her soul. “I am saying goodbye to people’s perception of me and who I am,” she said. “I’m not saying goodbye to me because this has always been me.”

“I hope I’m going to be OK. I feel that I’m going to be OK. 2015 is going to be quite a ride. Quite a ride.” she said. With family members tweeting support after the interview and a large percentage of the public sending their well wishes, I think you’re going to be okay too, Bruce.